The Truancy Court Program was implemented the second semester of the 2000-2001 school year. The purpose is to improve Truancy Court attendance in a nurturing manner that builds a relationship between the family and the school rather than using punitive measures such as having parents prosecuted in criminal court. A social worker or counselor case manager works with the families to determine the reasons for poor attendance and makes referrals for community-based services when appropriate. Once a week all of the families of the participating students meet at the school with a Mecklenburg County Judge who volunteers his or her time. The social worker or counselor case manager provides information to the judge about each child's attendance and academic performance that week, and the student and family members are praised or encouraged to improve. Shamrock Gardens, Highland Renaissance and Hidden Valley Elementary Schools and Ranson Middle School offer the Truancy Court program for the 2003-2004 school year.
Download more truancy court information "An Action Plan for the Truancy Court Project": plans.doc